These are some photos we took on our way out to Arizona last week. 7 hours in the car with two babies meant a whole lot of pit stops. The kids were amazing up through hour 5….but those last two were filled with a lot of whining and “are we there yet’s”. And honestly, I think Sam and I wanted to get there even more than the kids did! :) But we made it to Sedona in one piece and just in time to catch the sunset….which was pretty incredible amongst all of the red rocks. I got this new baby bag from Claudine & Ash and it was a life saver on the road. I loaded it up with all the necessities: diapers, wipes, snacks, toys, first aid kit, blankets, ect. I’ve owned a lot of diaper bags over the years, and this one just might be my favorite yet. It’s black (which is always my color of choice) and made of this beautiful, soft pebbled leather and trimmed with rose gold hardware. It has a ton of pockets and comes with a changing matt and the cutest matching nappy purse with a tassel zipper. The purse is so cute I would honestly wear it as a clutch alone. I was totally blown away by the quality! If you’re on the hunt for a diaper bag, I couldn’t recommend this one more. You can view all of their bags HERE. You really can’t go wrong!
So I’m usually not one for matchy matchy mother / daughter outfits…but when they are as good as these from dRA, I’m game. dRA does whites so well. Their clothes are classic and timeless…with crisp lines and tailored shapes. I’ve always been a sucker for a good set, and this Zuben top + Heather skirt is one of my favorites from their collection. So perfect for summer. They also recently launched d.RA mini, which is exciting for obvious reasons! Rylee is wearing the mini Rasalas Dress in cotton dobby. I’ve got to admit….having a little girl is too much fun sometimes! (Rylee’s shoes are from Zuzii and mine are from Urban Outfitters)
Sam snapped these photos for us this last weekend on our mini getaway to Sedona, AZ. We had an incredible time and enjoyed the change of scenery. I’ll share more photos soon!
Hello, hello. Yes, I am still alive. And here is an outfit from 6 weeks ago to prove it ;)
It was not my intention to neglect this space for as long as I have. Sorry for disappearing on ya. There have been many nights where I have tucked the kids into bed and sat down at my computer with every intention to write a blog post or two. But in each attempt, my mind is just so exhausted and full of other to-do’s, that the thought of writing something worth reading, even writing at all, seems like a great task in and of itself. I started this blog never imagining thousands of people would read it everyday. It was a space I could put my own personal stamp on….a creative outlet that allowed me to share who I was and what I loved. Before my kids came along, it was easy. It was inspiring. The community that came from it encouraged and motivated me to continue pursuing my creative dreams, and I did. After Rylee, it became a little harder to keep up with. And in the last 6 months, after Cru’s arrival (not to mention the launch of a brand new (second) business, Rylee & Cru), it’s become really hard. The clothing line got off to an incredible start in November and has kept me insanely busy since. I am currently working on our Spring/Summer collection for 2016! I am still maintaining my etsy shop, taking on invitation jobs and other various freelance work. One of my favorites over the last few months has been designing cards for Papyrus! I am still doing DIY projects, I’m still creating new art, I still love fashion and discovering new and exciting brands and products….I am just not sharing these things here as much as I used to. Sometimes, I feel sad about that. I really wish there was more time in my day for blogging. But the reality is, that in this season of my life, there just isn’t, unless something else is sacrificed. And right now, there is nothing else I am willing or able to sacrifice.
All that to say, I love you guys! Thanks for being friends, supporters and encouragers over the years! I will still post here as much as I am able, but don’t be disappointed if my updates are infrequent! Let’s still be friends and stay connected! For the day to day, you can follow along with me on instagram!
Valentines day is coming up and Rylee just got the most perfect dress in the mail for the occasion! Two Els joined forces with Le Petit Organic for this limited edition rose colored dress. Isn’t it perfectly sweet and girly!? 2 different styles will be released tonight on Le Petit at 9pm ET time! Staying true to her style, we paired it with her black ankle boots and round sunnies. Can’t believe how “grown up” this girl is getting! Yeesh.
Cru is one tough cookie to squeeze a smile out of. But I’ll do all the silly faces and funny noises I can think of to hear him giggle. I think newborn giggles are quite possibly the best sound on earth. It’s been a while since my last update, but all of his early tummy troubles pretty much disappeared after week 10. And here we are at 3 months (can you believe that!?). I don’t want to jinx it, but he has been a dream the last few weeks. Sleeping a lot and just a happy-go-lucky little dude. He is the biggest baby to come from our side of the family yet. The boy likes to eat. I feel like a new thigh roll appears every week! Most everywhere I go I need to make sure I have some sort of nursing cover to accommodate for his healthy appetite. One of my favorite brands, The Honest Company, partnered with Piece & Co. on this artisan-made 2-in-1 nursing cover + scarf that I am wearing. Through this collaboration, mothers in rural India received a steady paycheck, access to healthcare, and aid for their children’s education. You can learn more about the collection’s impact HERE. A product made for mothers, having a huge impact on mothers across the ocean, is a pretty cool thing. You can purchase the scarf in three colors / patterns: block-printed chevron, indigo plain weave or multi-color.